Volunteering or adopting a dog offers lifetime benefits

• Providing a loving home for a dog can be a very rewarding experience
By Michelle Michaud
Do you have room in your home and in your heart for a pet? If so, please consider adopting a dog or a cat from the Homer Animal Shelter. There are currently six dogs and multiple cats waiting to be adopted – all looking for a good home with caring owners.
I would like to profile three of the larger dogs:
Buddy: Need a running partner? Buddy is your dog. Buddy is a one-year-old black Lab given to an elderly couple when he was just a puppy. Black Labs are not lap dogs and can be quite rambunctious; Buddy was no exception.
His previous owners were unable to exercise, train and care for him. He essentially raised himself. He is a friendly, energetic dog needing a lot of love and attention. He would be best placed in a home without small children.
Buddy has had some training by volunteers at the shelter and is a quick learner.
Jesse: Not a runner, but want someone to quietly accompany you on a walk? Jesse is a sweet, 10-year-old Malamute and would be a perfect companion. She is a loving dog and walks well on a leash. She knows how to sit and loves to give gentle kisses.
Older dogs are good because they have outgrown that rambunctious puppy stage, which in some dogs can take years. Jesse was given up because of a death in the family and needs a new home.
Lucy: Prefer a puppy? Lucy is a stray with alert eyes that capture your heart. We suspect she is around six months old. A quick learner, she will sit and walks well on a leash. She does like to jump, but then what fun-loving puppy doesn’t? She plays well with other dogs and would make a great second dog.
One thing to keep in mind with all dogs at the Homer Animal Shelter, is that these dogs are living under stressful conditions and may be acting in ways that will change once they go into a loving home with people who are interested in taking the time to love and know these animals and provide training.
If you are a dog lover, but you do not have room at your home or the time to devote to one of these pets, please consider volunteering at the shelter. These three dogs, and others, need to be walked regularly, socialized and allowed some freedom. Otherwise, they sit in a small kennel day in and day out. It’s no life for any kind of dog.
Often dogs and cats come to the shelter because their owners were unable to care for them or give them behavioral training. Please, before giving a pet as a gift, ask what type of pet is best suited for that person or for that animal. The animal pays the ultimate price by being later abandoned.
It breaks my heart to know that not all the dogs and cats that come to the Homer Animal Shelter will find a good and loving home.
Unfortunately, the Homer Animal Shelter is not a “no kill shelter.” Dogs and cats who can’t find a home will be euthanized.
Interested in adding a loving pet to your family? The Homer Animal Shelter is located near the City of Homer’s Public Works Department on Heath Road, across the street from the post office.
Shelter hours are 12–5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For pets adopted from the shelter, the vet offers a discount on the first office visit, vaccination package, stool check, and microchip.

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